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Summer Reading Program: beginning June 6

We’re ready with another full summer schedule of engaging & educational activities for kids and families. No need to register in advance – just stop in and join the fun! Programs will take place on Thursday mornings at 11:00, with the exception of Saturday, July 6 at 11:00 am.

June 6            Explore music with FiveMind Reeds

June 20          Stories come to life with Magic Carpet Theatre

June 27          Meet amazing Reptiles with Prehistoric World

July 6*            Julie Dickerson: Beaches, Boats & Birds   (* Saturday morning)

July 11            Meet farmyard friends at the Leelanau County 4H Petting Zoo

July 18            Learning fun with the Great Lakes Children’s Museum Mobile Museum

July 25           Investigate the wonders of Bubble Science

August 1        Songs, stories & laughs with Luunappi

August 8        Brianne Farley presents Dozens of Doughnuts

August 15      Nature fun with Sleeping Bear Dunes park rangers

Young learners are also encouraged to sign up for our Summer Book Challenge, earning rewards as they keep up good reading practices. Get your official Reading Log at the library.

Nature Drawing & Journaling: June 15, 10:00 am

Explore and enhance your connection to the natural world through these monthly workshops. Local artist, educator and environmentalist Penny Krebiehl will lead these workshops, Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon, gathering first here at the library before venturing out to various local natural areas. Penny will guide participants through sketching and journal writing techniques in the field, before reconvening back at the library for further discussion and sharing. Dress for outdoor temps/weather, and bring drawing supplies (notebook/journal, pencils/pens). Additional sessions will take place on July 20 and August 17. For information, contact Penny at [email protected].

Greeting Card Workshop: June 19, 1:00 pm

Create your own thoughtful greeting card with paper crafter Susan Schneider. Susan is a part-time Empire resident, and life-long crafting enthusiast. She’ll provide all the supplies and directions you need. To save a seat, please contact the library to register by Monday, June 17.

Adam Peters – The Blueprint to Happy: June 27, 7:00 pm

Explore strategies for maximizing your sense of well-being in this presentation by  Adam Peters, author of the new guidebook The Blueprint to Happy. Adam will outline a straightforward process of six transformative steps to help you achieve inner peace, confidence, and genuine happiness — tailored to fit your unique life. Join him on a journey that promises to redefine your understanding of happiness and lay the foundation for a more joyous existence.

Young Writers Workshop: beginning June 28

Aspiring young authors are invited to explore the craft of writing this summer with author Kit Robey. Kit will lead a series of workshops for students aged 10 to 14, helping students create poems and short stories. Sessions will take place from 10:30 until Noon on June 28, July 5, July 12, July 17, July 24 and July 26. Class size is limited, so please contact the library to register in advance.

Versiti Blood Drive: July 2, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm

We’re pleased to host Versiti for another vital community blood drive. Their team will be on hand to collect your blood donation, helping to supply our regional health care system. Donations are especially critical during busy holiday seasons, so your support is critical. To participate, complete this online registration form. Walk-ins will also be welcome as the day’s schedule allows. In appreciation of these critical donations, Versiti will offer all donors a $15 gift card.

David Roll – Ascent to Power, July 2, 7:00 pm

We’re pleased to host David Roll, author of Ascent to Power: How Truman Emerged from Roosevelt’s Shadow and Remade the World. His new book spans the years of transition, 1944 to 1948, and illuminates Truman’s struggles to emerge as president in his own right. With his come-from-behind campaign in the fall of 1948, his courageous civil rights advocacy, and his role in liberating millions from militarist governments and brutal occupations, Truman’s decisions during these pivotal years changed the course of the world in ways so significant we live with them today. Mr. Roll will be interviewed by Dr. Mel Laracey, a seasonal Empire resident and professor of Political Science at the University of Texas San Antonio. Copies of the book will be available for purchased and signing, courtesy of the Cottage Book Shop, our partners for this event.

Marqueetown – documentary film: July 17, 7:00 pm

Join us for a special community screening of this acclaimed documentary film Marqueetown.  The film explores the history of The Nordic Theater, an innovative gem, which endured in Marquette Michigan for almost 100 years, even as the world changed endlessly around them. Local kid Bernie Rosendahl’s modern crusade to restore the historic arthouse to its former glory leads filmmakers to discover a hidden cinema empire in the Upper Peninsula. Portraying the fascinating history of motion pictures through one iconic screen – and featuring dozens of Michigan locations and characters – Marqueetown is a true story of chasing your dreams,redefining failure and success, and re-embracing the enduring magic of cinema. Cast & crew will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwords.

Get Set Up: Life-long learning for Seniors

Michigan seniors can take advantage of these great continuing education courses, offered free of charge in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Courses are accessed online, from the convenience of your own home, and can be enjoyed live or via recording. Get Set Up includes fun, social learning presentations and activities in a diverse range of subjects: personal technology training, food and cooking, health and exercise, travel, and much more. Have a look today!

History Hounds: from the Historical Society of Michigan

Explore fascinating topics in Michigan history with these weekly virtual lectures, presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, and available free of charge to patrons of the Glen Lake Library. Lectures are presented on Tuesday afternoons at noon, or Wednesday evenings at 7:00, in alternating weeks. Register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting link, specifying the Glen Lake Community Library as your member organization.

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Here’s a great new resource to support early childhood learning, delivered right to your cell phone. Register via a brief online form, and receive 8 – 10 text messages per month, each outlining a simple activity you can share with your little one. Or, even more simply, just text TALK to 75547. Many thanks to the Ypsilanti District Library and their partners for making this service available to all Michigan residents!

2024 Ode to Asparagus

Thanks to the 25 poets that participated in our annual Ode, and the 100+ people in attendance! All poems received will be posted on our website shortly. The Audience Choice Award will be published in the Glen Arbor Sun. See you next year!